PINE VALLEY (CNS) - More than $250,000 worth of marijuana and liquid methamphetamine was seized in two separate smuggling attempts at San Diego-area Border Patrol checkpoints, the federal agency reported Thursday.
Agents stopped a 39-year-old Mexican national in a 1999 Jeep Cherokee about 7 p.m. Sunday at the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley. They became suspicious of the driver's "nervous demeanor" and called in dogs to inspect the SUV, according to Border Patrol Agent Scott Simon.
Agents found 23 bundles of marijuana wrapped in cellophane inside the SUV's gas tank and spare tire, Simon said. The suspected smuggler and the 57.3 pounds of pot, worth an estimated $85,950, were turned over to a multi-agency task force for further investigation, he said.
About 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, a 35-year-old Mexican national in a 2008 Ford Fiesta was stopped at the Interstate 15 checkpoint near Temecula, Simon said.
A drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to a freezer bag containing 8.38 pounds of liquid methamphetamine -- with an estimated street value of $167,000 -- hidden in the car's gas tank, Simon said.
The suspected smuggler and the narcotics were turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Both vehicles were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol, Simon said.
A 2-year-old girl is in the hospital Friday with serious injuries after she fell from a fourth-floor window at an apartment complex in San Diego's University City neighborhood, police said.
A 48-year-old National City resident was killed Friday in a solo motorcycle wreck near Mount Miguel High School, authorities reported.
A brush fire that erupted in a squatters camp spread through part of a La Jolla-area canyon Friday, blackening steep open terrain near clusters of large homes but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.
A wildfire spread over hilly rural terrain east of Ramona Friday afternoon, threatening several back-country homes and destroying one of them before ground and airborne crews could subdue the flames.
Scripps Health this week announced it would be expanding its walk-in, convenient care division, Scripps HealthExpress.
The California Highway Patrol will increase enforcement in the San Diego and Oceanside areas this weekend in an effort to reduce the frequency of motorcycle crashes, authorities said Friday.
"Great progress" has been made in efforts to reunite children who were separated from their parents at the border during the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" crackdown on illegal immigration, a federal judge in San Diego said Friday.
An unlicensed and uninsured motorist, who fled the scene after hitting a good Samaritan helping two people stranded in a broken- down car in Ocean Beach, was sentenced to a year in local custody.
The Trump administration said Thursday that it has reunified 364 children ages 5 and older with their families after they were separated at the border, still leaving hundreds to go before a court-imposed deadline a week away.